I had missed the fact is was a bank holiday weekend until someone mentioned it on Thursday at the Pre-school door so what a bonus weekend! It was the perfect opportunity on Saturday for an impromptu meal outdoors at our new table with fresh salad from the garden.
We bought our garden furniture a few weeks ago as ordered by my husband from The Garden Furniture Centre. I really recommend it, it was reasonably priced and was delivered and put together by a lovely Polish lad. Picture the scene…my husband is working from home so he can be there for delivery should I be on Pre-school run. Nice polite Polish lad turns up in van, 6′ 5″ husband wonders out wearing fluffy ‘comfy pants’ (ie old joggers that are about 2 inches too short) to deal with delivery. Polite Polish lad walks into garden carrying HUGE box with massive table on his back, my husband pottering behind eating a one of the kids ‘Fab’ ice lollys. I then do lots of manic “for God’s sake help the poor man” gestures as husband looks at me confused. Long story short the furniture was delivered, unpacked and all the rubbish taken away in recored time by the nicest most polite delivery man, I was impressed, I rushed out with big tip which he seemed genuinely delighted to be given. We have waited a few years for decent garden furniture and it makes a big difference to how we use the garden, having a table that seats us all and guests.
Yesterday we sat outside and ate the first salad leaves from the garden, along with a bean salad (containing our own broad beans) and potato salad with lovely spring onions ‘North Holland Blood Red’ which have been growing since last Autumn (I sow these every few weeks wherever a space appears). The salad leaves are grown in apple crates and are cut and come again so that I can keep trimming the big leaves off and have a continuing supply. Below are Lettuce Cos ‘Green Oak Leaf‘, Lettuce ‘Reine de Glace‘, Mustard ‘Red Frills‘ and Mibuna. To add a pretty touch I grow Viola Tricolour ‘Heartsease’ in a pot to add to salads or freeze in ice cubes for summer drinks. Once I have lifted the 3 apple crates growing garlic I will also sow salad in these.